Have you ever been angry with God? In John 11:35-37, people see how Jesus loves Lazarus but they also find fault when, “Jesus wept.”
Then the Jews said, “See how he loved him!” But some of them said, “Could not he who opened the eyes of the blind man have kept this man from dying?”
It amazes me that people recognize Jesus’ love for his friend, but in the next breath, they criticize Him for not being there to heal Lazarus. The crowd that welcomes Jesus when He rides into Jerusalem is made up of the same people.
John12:17-19 Now the crowd that was with him when he called Lazarus from the tomb and raised him from the dead continued to spread the word. Many people, because they had heard that he had performed this sign, went out to meet him. So the Pharisees said to one another, “See, this is getting us nowhere. Look how the whole world has gone after him!”
The Pharisees consider this group to be the “whole world” going after Jesus. We have a tendency to make our circumstance into the whole world. Once again, Jesus is recognized by some for doing His Father’s work while others see it as a reason to blame Jesus for all their troubles. This is the case the Jewish leaders build against Jesus as they prepare their plot to convince Rome and their own people to kill him. Jesus will be portrayed as a rebel that must be eliminated in order for Jews and Rome to continue living together in harmony. I believe this same crowd is at Jesus’ trial shouting, “Crucify him” when Pilate wants to set Him free.
Where do you have Jesus in your “whole world”? Do you see how He loves you and cling to Him for help, or like the people at Lazarus’s grave, do you say, “I see Jesus’ love, but couldn’t He have prevented all this trouble?” It never ceases to amaze me how easily we forget that Jesus has the power to call us out of the grave into abundant life. Lazarus endured death, but His dead ears heard Jesus voice call him forth to life. I pray that, in your world, you will recognize Jesus’ love for you and not find fault with the things you don’t understand. Clinging to Jesus’ love is an insurance policy that guarantees you everlasting life.